The Ghanaian and Chinese culture are very strong cultures, and don’t like compromise. So the idea of Ama & Chan being married, will surely raise eyebrows and make curious about how it works. I must admit that when I hear of someone who is part African and part of a very strong culture like South East Asian or South European, lots of questions start to arise in my head. Of course the questions are due to my ignorance, because I rarely see that kind of combination in Australia.
The production circulates around two major events. The couple moving into their dream and their new cooking show, where they actually prepare meals live on stage. Imagine Laksa and Fufu!!! I am still getting shivers down my spine at the thought of that crazy combination. However, I did like the idea of Jellof rice with duck. I actually wanted to try it!!! Ama & Chan are quite extremists of their culture, which makes them fight every 50 seconds of the minute yet, and for the 10 seconds left in the minute, you get a sense of their companionship, quirkiness and hard love.
Alan and Effie met whilst studying preforming at university. They both are highly talented people with a vast amount of screen and theatre experience. But now they have fused their creative juices and produced something with an enormous amount of depth delivered in a light-hearted enjoyable way!
“The project allows us to share aspects of out culture often neglected by mainstream media. We see this as a necessary thing to do to cater for the audiences who are not being catered for”
– Effie Nkrumah & Alan Lao
Relevant stereotypical examples are commonly used boosting audience engagement. Like Cabramatta being the place to buy the Asian groceries and Blacktown (due to the large African population and not the name of the suburb) being the place to do African hair. If you live in Sydney you would laugh because you would know this, even if you probably had never visited the suburbs in your life!
I laughed at literally everything and then I would stop and think. ‘If I heard this somewhere else, I wouldn’t be laughing at all!!!’